The 16-year-old Detroit teen who escaped police custody last week after reportedly burglarizing a Grosse Pointe Park home and attempting to steal a car was arrested again Sunday, Oct. 21, Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director David Hiller said Monday.
Hiller said the Detroit teen has an extensive criminal record and had previously been in juvenile detention in Wayne County. He escaped from the Department of Public Safety on Oct. 18 by pushing past officers as they entered an office at the police station.
Juveniles, by law, cannot be placed in the lockup, Hiller said. While he agrees that it is not as secure as a lock-up and can put officers at risk, "It's the law," he said.
The teen escaped while waiting for paperwork to be processed for a transfer to a more secure holding cell. He was waiting by a door and pushed past an officer coming into the room.
"He was fast. He was a runner," Hiller said.
Arrested juveniles regularly wait in the same office, but they are typically contrite and calm Hiller explained.
Police had seen earlier in the day just how fast the teen could run. He led police on a 45-minute chase after he was reportedly seen carrying computer equipment from a home in the 700 block of Middlesex and ran.
Police set up a perimeter as the K-9 unit went house to house looking for the teen. During the search, police requested a lockdown for nearby Trombly Elementary School.
He was found hiding in the garage of a home in the 800 block of Barrington and was taken into custody, according to a report.
Jewelry from the home on Middlesex was found in the teen's pocket and a car he is suspected of attempting to steal in the 800 block of Pemberton was damaged, Hiller said.
Additional charges are likely due to the teen's escape from police and his arraignment date has not been published at the time of this article.
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